Class of 2015 recognized
Recognition Day is the first step in a cadet's leadership journey
The 630 young men and women who comprise The Citadel’s Class of 2015 were recognized today, and they capped the day off by marching through the center of downtown Charleston to Marion Square, home of the original Citadel campus.
“Preparation for this day began when the knobs arrived on campus in August,” said Commandant of Cadets Col. Leo Mercado, USMC retired.
"With the leadership and mentoring of their cadet leaders and Tactical Officers, the Class of 2015 was instilled with the values of honor, duty and respect," Mercado said. "I congratulate the Class of 2015 for working together to reach this milestone on the journey to becoming principled leaders.”
The events associated with Recognition Day reinforce the concept of teamwork and overcoming adversity through physical challenges and the tenacity to succeed.
During the Recognition Ceremony, the upper class cadets introduce themselves by name and recognize the freshmen by their first and last names, dropping the "Knob" designation.
The day culminated with the entire Class of 2015 and their cadet leaders marching down King Street to Marion Square where the freshmen renewed their cadet oath. Marion Square is the site of the original Citadel campus. The college moved to its current site on Moultrie Street on the banks of the Ashley River in 1922.
Exams begin April 25 at The Citadel and are followed by graduation on Saturday, May 5.
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